1. India-born Priya Serrao won Miss Universe Australia title for 2019
India-born Priya Sarrao won the Miss Universe Australia title for the year 2019. Serao brought 26 other women from across the country on 27th June in Melbourne She will now represent Australia in Miss Universe Australia, 2019.
Australian-Ugandan Bella Kasimba was declared the first runner-up in Finale. She is a law graduate, who currently works in jobs in jobs in Melbourne, pre-scholastic departments and areas.
Priya was born in India and grew up after Oman went to Australia. Prior to joining Miss Universe Australia, Serao worked as a policy adviser for the Government of Victoria and in 2019 he was later admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as an advocate.
2. Lok Sabha cleared the Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State, Ministry of AYUSH presented the Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. It passed the Bill on 27 June. Once Rajya Sabha passes the Bill, it will replace the ordinance issued in the same regard by the previous government. This was the second bill to be passed in Lok Sabha, in the second term of NDA government, after the Special Economic Zone (Amendment) Bill 2019.
Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019:
The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 enables the government to extend the tenure of the Board of Governors (BoGs) for a further period of one year, with effect from May 17, 2019. The BoGs have been entrusted with the affairs of the Central Homeopathy Council.
The Board of Governors constitutes of eminent and qualified homeopathy doctors and eminent administrators.
The opposition parties opposed the Bill and demanded that the government should further examine the proposed legislation and provide supervision mechanism for homeopathy and ayurvedic medical institutions.
Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973:
The Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 was enacted for the constitution of the Central Council of Homeopathy, along with the maintenance of the Central Register of Homeopathy and matters related to the field of homeopathy.
The Act was amended and passed in December 2002 as Homoeopathy Central Council Amendment Act, 2002. The amendment was to make provisions and seek permission from the central government for the setting up of new colleges or starting new courses or increase the admissions in the existing colleges. Despite the amendment, many homeopathic colleges are still struggling to meet the required standards necessary for quality education.
3. Rajya Sabha made the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019
The Rajya Sabha made the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on June 27 that tries to allow trusts to set up units in special economic zones, a day after the Lok Sabha passed the measure. The Bill will succeed the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, promulgated in March. The amendment of subsection (v) of Section 2 of the SEZ Act, 2005 will make a trust or any entity notified by the Central government suitable for the consideration of the grant of permission to set up a unit in special economic zones. The Bill aims at improving and encouraging more investments and introducing features including single-window clearance and to ease imports and exports.
The Bill will succeed the ordinance promulgated in February 2019. The statute explores to amend the definition of a person under the SEZ Act 2005, which will permit a trust to be acknowledged for grant of permission to set up a unit.
Exports from SEZs rose 21% on year to Rs 7 lakh crore in FY19. As of March 31, there were 232 SEZs, of which 25 are multiproduct and the rest are sector specific, with 5,109 approved units.
4. Statistics Day celebrated on 29th June
Statistics Day is celebrated on June 29th.
- Its main purpose is to popularize the use of statistics in everyday life.
- They plan to make the public vulnerable, where the statistics help shape and prepare topic policies.
- The theme of the 2019 Statistics Day is the Sustainable Development Goals.
- This day is celebrated for his invaluable contribution in establishing the National Statistical System, on the birth anniversary of Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis.
- Rao Inderjit Singh, Statistical and Program Implementation Minister chaired the main event to be held in New Delhi.
- For significant contribution in the field of statistics, Prof. C R Rao Award 2019.
5. FSSAI asks for visible labeling of packaged foods
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft rules, in which packaged food companies were targeted to make high fat, sugar and salt content mandatory for keeping them in front of the package.
- Concerned with the rising rates of obesity and diabetes, India has been making rules since two years ago.
- The food label will also indicate the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) percentage on the front of the pack as per the percentage contribution.
6. Mumbai called India’s most expensive city
Mumbai is the most expensive city in India and is one of the top 20 most expensive cities in Asia for migrants.
- According to a survey of Mercer’s 25th Annual Cost of Living Survey, Mumbai fell to 12 places and was ranked 67th out of 209 cities surveyed.
- Hong Kong is the world’s most expensive city for the second consecutive year, followed by Tokyo, Singapore, and Seoul.
7. Marcus Trescothick declares retirement from professional cricket
Former England star Marcus Trescothick stated that bringing down the curtain on a 27-season career, he would retire at the end of the season.
The 43-year-old opening batsman, who played 76 Tests and 123 one-day internationals, has scored a total of 26,234 first-class runs since making his debut for Somerset in 1993.
8. Zojila tunnel’s project value grows to Rs 8,400 crore
The project cost for the 14.2 km Zojila tunnel connecting Srinagar to Leh has surged by Rs 1,600 crore to Rs 8,400 crore.
- Construction work on the 14.2 km long Zojila tunnel project was stuck since May 2018.
- It will cut down the time taken to cross Zojila pass from the present three and a half hours to just 15 minutes.
- Zojila pass, situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway.
- Asia’s longest and strategic bi-directional tunnel, the Zojila project will provide all-weather connectivity between J&K’s Srinagar, Kargil, and Leh.
9. Conclave on ‘Transforming North East India through Science and Technology’ beings in Meghalaya
In Meghalaya, a two-day North East Conclave 2019 on ‘Transforming North East India through Science and Technology’ began at Shillong.
- It was organized by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD).
- In this Conclave, with the local stakeholders, major experts and policymakers from different parts of the country will come together to discuss the changing of North East India through science and technology.
10. Maharaja Ranjit Singh praised on his 180th death anniversary
A sculpture of Maharaja Ranjit Singh ruled around 40 years in the early 19th century.
- It was revealed at the historic Lahore Fort in Pakistan.
- His horse called Kahar Bahar.
- This embarks to mark his 180th death anniversary.
- The total duration to complete the eight-feet tall statue of the Sikh ruler is about 8 months.
- It was a gift from the founder of the Barakzai dynasty, Dost Muhammad Khan.
- The sculpture situated at the Sikh Gallery of the Mai Jindan Haveli in the Lahore Fort.
- The statue was created by artists from Lahore’s National College of Art and Naqsh School of Art